Indian-American running for U.S. Congress from California’s District 11

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Nisha Sharma candidate for US Congress from California District 11 Photo: Facebook

Nisha Sharma, a Republican, is running for the U.S. Congress against incumbent Democrat Mark DeSaulnier in the Nov. 3, 2020 general election.

In the March 3 open primary, she came in second after DeSaulnier with 21.4 percent of the vote, which though way behind the Democrat, qualified her for the candidacy.

This Aug. 21, 2020, Sharma announced on FB that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy had endorsed her candidacy.

On Aug. 28, she tweeted the following, “Let’s work together to take the House Back. USA deserves Better. Socialism never works. Dems have gone to the extreme left, hurting our economy and promising things which will never be delivered. Their Representatives are career politicians, pushing our country to darkness, promoting hooliganism and anarchy. We can bring back balance so join me in this fight. Nisha For Congress.”

In her profile on the campaign website, Sharma says she is an immigrant from India and, “owes a debt of gratitude to the United States and the East Bay for helping her achieve the American Dream.”

Sharma who was a realtor in the East Bay area, is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Fremont Dharma Samaj, which she describes as “one the largest socio-religious organizations in the Bay Area … which brings 100,000 people a year together through different programs.”

Sharma also serves as the Women Empowerment Chairwoman for the Festival of the Globe.

She has a Bachelor’s degree in business from Punjab University, is married to Vaneet Sharma. The couple has three children. Sharma says she is running because the current leadership has “completely failed” to address homelessness in the Bay Area; and despite taxes and fees being increased in the face of crumbling infrastructure, despite the economy being the strongest it has been in generations. She also says the public education system is “failing” at even the basic task of educating children in the basic reading, writing and math.

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